Nene double keeps PSG flying high
Two goals from Brazilian winger Nene were enough for Paris Saint-Germain to clinch a 2-0 win - their fifth in a row in Ligue 1 - over a valiant Dijon side to stay three points clear of Montpellier atop the standings.
All may not have been perfect in the capital club's at-times shaky win, but Nene's return to scoresheet after a month-long absence proved to be just what the doctor ordered for PSG as they scored the important win to remain three points clear of their rivals.
Argentine star Javier Pastore has dominated the limelight at the club in recent weeks, scoring decisive wins over direct rivals Montpellier and Lyon, but Sunday night's clash with Dijon saw the €42m man staying in the shadows, with Nene gratefully stepping up to get the job done.
Nene steps up
The Brazilian's timing was excellent, his first strike coming just before the break in a first half that could have been awarded to the visitors - for whom Benjamin Corgnet hit the post with a solid effort from 25 metres out after skinning Mamadou Sakho - on points.
Played in at the conclusion of a fine byline-hugging move from France midfielder Jérémy Ménez, Nene simply had to get his shot on target to get PSG on the board, and he made no mistake in doing and scoring his first goal since Week 7's 2-1 victory over Nice.
The goal didn't set everything to rights for the home side, however, with Diego Lugano going close to conceding a penalty for hand-ball (59') and the dangerous Corgnet whipping in a fantastic ball for Christophe Mandanne who, clean through on the right-hand side of the area, somehow got himself in a tangle and missed the crucial opportunity that proved to be Dijon's best for an equaliser (62').
Scorer of a hat-trick last week in Ajaccio, Kévin Gameiro came close to scoring when Marcos Ceara's free kick found him in the area, but Baptiste Reynet was equal to the challenge and denied the France striker his fourth in two matches (69').
Nene strikes again
Nene finally put the match out of Dijon's reach in the final minute, gratefully accepting Clément Chantôme's assist and hammering his shot in off Reynet's left-hand post to round out a night that saw Paris take its chances to win a tough match and stay on track at the top of the table.
The loss is Dijon's second in a row, the Burgundy side slipping to 14th place on the back of a winless run of four matches.